BAYAMedic

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About BAYAMedic

  • Birthday 07/10/1985

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  1. Old folks Still here?

    Sorry I missed out on this thread until now. Fireman1037 a lowly volly emt became BAYAMedic then a Battalion Chief EMS manager and solo paramedic serving a rural county. After a couple years of that, I have had a bit of a breakdown and now am looking to a new start in which direction to go. You asked about reunions, My self and Eyedawn won the Rob Davis Memorial scholarship and went to CAP lab. Dwayne met us out there. That was in 2011. Each of us independently chose to go back in 2014 and had a nice reunion. Oh, Chris was there too. That crazy Canadian Emt turned Doc. BAYAMedic
  2. I want to become a paramedic

    *Edited to finish post, after accidentally posting* We all have different experiences. Much of the exposure/experience you may receive, will vary greatly, depending on your locale. This is my experience only, offer is void where prohibited, no warranty is implied or expressed, always follow your local protocols, and local, state, and federal laws where applicable. I receive no compensation for any product recommendation, The opinions expressed herein are my own and may not represent or reflect the position of any company/department of which I am currently or previously affiliated, results not typical, etc. On my 16th birthday, I was working my summer job at a roadside fruit stand and bakery. We had just say down to enjoy birthday cake, between tourist buses, when a Chrysler Concord rolled up in front of the shop. It parked perpendicular to the way the stripes were, and started honking his horn. I remember joking "What does this guy want, drive up service?" I put on my best customer service smile and opened the door. In the drivers seat sat a 300ish pound, 60's year old guy. He was flushed and sweaty. He gasped "I need help" I called 911 and EMS was dispatched. He said "I think I am having a heart attack." This was back when the Bayer aspirin commercials had just started, so we dug out the first aid kit and gave him two adult aspirin. The ambulance barn was 8.5 miles away, with volunteer staffing, so what was likely 15 minute response that felt like an hour. I felt totally and completely helpless and wanted to help this poor guy, but didn't know what more I could do. One of the owners of the fruit stand was a captain of the local fire department, which also is a Ambulance service. He suggested that since I was now 16, I should become a Jr. Firefighter. Never wanting to feel that helpless again, I agreed. That Thursday night was my first fire drill. I remember searching through the station attic and finding my first set of turnouts and trainee helmet, They were 20+ years old when they were issued to me. I also found a pair of nomex coveralls and leather gloves, wildland fire helmet and belt for fire shelter. We ordered a pair of wildfire boots, which were the only equipment I received that wasn't "hand me downs." This was a very small department, where only the officers had radios, and a few had Motorola voice pagers. The rest of us found out we had a call, by the 2 minute air raid sirens blaring and responding to the station. We had a mini academy to get myself and one other recruit to a functional level. This opportunity gave me exposure to public service, and I loved every minute of it. I had spent nearly every Saturday from November-March at a local ski hill, since I was in 1st grade. One of my friend's dad had been on the volunteer ski patrol for ages and talked me into joining as a Jr Patrol Candidate. The "Outdoor Emergency Care Technician" course by AAOS was based on the EMT course and met the DOT requirements. This gave me a foot in the door to expand my medical knowledge base and allowed me to network with other healthcare professionals. The ski hill medical program director, was an ER physician and fellow patrolman, graciously offered to allow me to shadow him in ER. Through ny high school, I was able to secure a "school to work" internship at the ER, and was able to collect both school "elective" credits, and could rack up community service hours for my Senior project. I had completed all of the required classes at the school, and simply needed credit hours to graduate. A few weeks into this, I realized the really interesting cases were coming in via the ALS ambulance service, so I approached the company and the school to see about ambulance ridealongs. The fall and winter of my senior year were spent M-F 8-5 on the Ambulance, and a mixture of weekends at the ski hill or the ER. During this time a First Responder (now called Emergency Medical Responder) class became available, so I took that class, as I hadn't graduated school yet so was ineligible for EMT. I logged over 1,000 community service hours between the internships, ski patrol and fire department, and qualified for and won the Presidential Freedom Scholarship for Volunteering. These experiences gave me a laser focused plan on what direction I wanted to go after graduation. I took my official EMT class that fall of 2004. Since that time I have worked or interned in many styles of EMS Systems: Fire based transport, Fire based first response, Private for profit, Private non-profit, Industrial non-transport at an underground Zinc mine, BLS event standby, BLS non-emergent transfer, ALS rendezvous, and even some time doing wheelchair van/Cabulance. I have been in and out of the industry a couple times, but have been active this time since 2009 when I began a degree track Paramedic school, and am currently a Paramedic Battalion Chief for a rural Fire department that transports 50+ minutes to critical access hospitals and 90 minutes to a Level II Trauma center. I was a total nerd in high school, and didn't really fit in. I found a camaraderie and friends in Fire/EMS that I didn't have with school. That being said, the others are absolutely right, you only get to do high school once. You have your whole life to enjoy a career of your choosing. Lastly, academically, push your self in the sciences, a functional understanding of Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Communication and English Composition are tools you will use everyday as a Paramedic.
  3. Fun EMS Books

    It's hard to go wrong with Kelly Grayson's book.
  4. New Uniform I won't buy

    Damn you Richard. Between your suggestion and my total lack of self control when it comes to freebies with purchase... the free Stainless steel 5.11 water bottle and a clearance fleece blanket are on order... Fireman1037
  5. Calls worthy of the Darwin Award

    Nope, they need only to remove them selves from the gene pool to qualify. Fireman1037
  6. Hey all, Sorry it took so long to report back, the sleep deficit is now caught back up, so I can give a decent report. First of a a word to our sponsors.... Akflightmedic. Thanks so much for putting us up, The location was fine, it gave us a few minutes to wake up on the ride in to prepare us for the days adventure. Ruffles/Captain. Thanks for the flights, It was an amazing experiance to see a sunrise at 30,000 feet, well done getting Eydawn and I to the same airport within a small time frame of each other to assist in the commuting. DocZilla. Thanks for the admission to your Lab. Your shoutout at the beginning was an amazing honor to Rob's memory. I honestly cant think of a better CME/Practicum i have ever had in 2 tours through basic, and all of paramedic school. You make drinking through a firehose an amazing experiance that I plan on doing again. Your comedy was well appreciated and I am lucky enough to have a paramedic elective LBB protocol to further prevent cancer. Admin. The cash was a huge help for both rental cars and meals. It was well Appreciated to make this whole trip cost less than 50 bucks out of my pocket. Now for my partners in crime.. Eydawn. Your a total sweetheart and a blast to talk with. I truly enjoyed the trip and your nursing background added an interesting perspective on the conversations. Thanks for being our chauffer! DwaneEMTP. You crazy old man. I am so glad they let you out of the home for senile old medics for a while to enjoy this lab with me, You were a great source of information, and having the ability to bounce scenerios back and forth was great. Thanks for being there to make me think. And the alcohol poisioning was all on you buddy, I never once poured you a drink, however my glass happened to stay fuller than I recall pouring..... BEoP or what ever it is... I wish you the best on your future in medicine, your one incredibly smart dude. you are twice the medic in half the size of any medic i have ever met. Its so nice to see you lack shortsightedness in medicine, and i know you will grow to be an amazing doc. I know your aspirations will take you to great heights. And lastly to Dusty. Your memory was on my mind all weekend, and you have givin me an amazing final push to be a better medic through better education. Thanks Rob, and godspeed.
  7. I want to personally thank the guys who made this possible. I really hate to get mushy but pardon me for a minute. Rob was a huge mentor to me over the last year as I have gone through Paramedic school, (IN A DEGREE TRACK PROGRAM) And my classroom and clinical rotations were compleated in Aug. I fully expected Rob to be the first one I would facebook with when I got my first field tube, and ran my first code. Alas, that wasnt in the stars. However, the most hands on learning experiance, smack in the middle of my internship, is in his honor. Ak, Ruff, Admin, Doc. Thank you. Rob, Thanks for making me better than yesterday, but no where near as good as tomorrow. Fireman1037. not the firemonkey that dust warned us about...
  8. Sponsoring Members Ads Fixed

    Does that mean we all get a free month added to paid memberships for endureing a months worth of ads? Does that mean we all get a free month added to paid memberships for endureing a months worth of ads?
  9. Forum upgraded

    I thought I Paid my money to get rid of Ads, and now they are back...
  10. Hi from Southwestern PA

    Indeed, spenac's posts require the grain of salt, accompanied by a twist of lime and shot of tequila... Fireman1037
  11. Finals week.... Wish me luck

    1. Lone Star

      Lone Star

      Ah yes, finals week...at least I'm not suffering alone!

      Misery DOES love company!

  12. Just got done registering for medic classes for this fall

  13. Why You Should Always Ask What Kind Of Doctor

    I am repeating on what my EMT instructor told in class. His Medical Program Director supplied business cards to his emt's and medics to give to Docs offering help, stating Thank you for your willingness to help. These EMT's are under my license under my protocals, If you agree to help you will be taking fully liablity for this patient and you will be practicing under your own license and malpractice insurance. Needless to say most doctors left the scene alone Fireman1037
  14. is number 6 on the fall 2010 paramedic program list.

  15. is number 6 on the fall 2010 paramedic program list.